Presentation Title

Zenith of Refinement: The Venus of Willendorf

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

MSE 011

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

In my paper I explore the possibility that The Venus of Willendorf represents not only a fertility figure during the Upper Paleolithic, but also an icon of refinement, survival, and modernity. From her skilled crafting and functionality, I investigate how in the present she can be reconfigured and appreciated through a broader lens of concentrations such as art, anthropology, and biology. She is perhaps one of the most questioned depictions of the female form, named after a Roman Goddess that had not yet been conceived at the time of her making. The Upper Paleolithic denotes a time where the emergence of art became a new aesthetic, one representing a new sense of a changing worldview. The Venus exemplifies that the peoples of this time period were in fact displaying a sense of interest of the world around them. She was conceptualized and made with skill, allowing the Paleolithic peoples to create something that was deemed ‘beautiful’.

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Zenith of Refinement: The Venus of Willendorf

MSE 011

In my paper I explore the possibility that The Venus of Willendorf represents not only a fertility figure during the Upper Paleolithic, but also an icon of refinement, survival, and modernity. From her skilled crafting and functionality, I investigate how in the present she can be reconfigured and appreciated through a broader lens of concentrations such as art, anthropology, and biology. She is perhaps one of the most questioned depictions of the female form, named after a Roman Goddess that had not yet been conceived at the time of her making. The Upper Paleolithic denotes a time where the emergence of art became a new aesthetic, one representing a new sense of a changing worldview. The Venus exemplifies that the peoples of this time period were in fact displaying a sense of interest of the world around them. She was conceptualized and made with skill, allowing the Paleolithic peoples to create something that was deemed ‘beautiful’.